Canada beats Sweden 3-0 for hockey gold
Olympics, Winter

Canada's Olympic dominance concludes with a 3-0 gold medal victory

2/23/14 in Olympics, Winter   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Canada beats Sweden 3-0 for hockey goldIn the end, it felt like folly to have thought anyone else could've won the men's hockey gold medal. Canada had no problems in the gold medal game, defeating Sweden 3-0 to win a tournament that was there's from the get go. Despite some early perceived struggles, they never trailed, and just slowly broke the will of each of their opponents. They were the most talented team and it showed.

An already injury depleting Sweden took another hit before the game when it was announced Nicklas Backstrom would not play. At first it was reported as a migraine (something he's had problems with in the past), but it's since been reported that Backstrom failed a doping test. Now, it's also believed that it was due to allergy medication (or at least this Caps fan hopes so), so that's not like make cheap druggie jokes, but still it was another blow for Sweden.

Canada struck first almost 13 minutes in on a goal from Jonathan Toews. I missed that first period because I didn't wake up in time, but if the second was any indication, it's incredible the game stayed 1-0 for as long as it did. Most of the action was in Sweden's defensive zone, and only the brilliance of Henrik Lundqvist kept them in it. Late in the second though, too many Swedish mistakes resulted in a Sidney Crosby, and you can probably guess how that ended. 2-0 Canada.

The third period left no doubt. Sweden could only manage 4 shots on goal, and Canada saw one of its controversial selections, Chris Kunitz, score to make it 3-0 (Damn Penguins). It was academic at that point.

So, Canada sweeps the hockey golds for the second consecutive Olympics. Now we'll see if the NHL and its owners are willing to let their players go for 2018.
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